You Are (Lionel Richie song)

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"You Are"
Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Lionel Richie
A-side You Are
B-side You Mean More to Me
Released January 1983
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Recorded 1981
Genre Disco-dance
Length 5:05
4:05 (7")
Label Motown
Writer(s) Lionel Richie
Brenda Harvey Richie
Producer(s) Lionel Richie
James Anthony Carmichael
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"You Are"
"My Love"

"You Are" is the title of a popular song from 1983 by the singer-songwriter Lionel Richie. "You Are" was written by Richie and his then-wife, Brenda Harvey Richie. It appears on his self-titled debut solo album, which came out in 1982. Resuming where he left off with D-flat major tunes with Commodores' "Sail On", "Still" and "Truly".

Released as the follow-up single to his number-one hit song "Truly", "You Are" reached the top five on three major Billboard music charts. On the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, the song spent two weeks at number four in early 1983.[1] It peaked at number two on the R&B chart and spent six weeks at number one on the adult contemporary chart.[2] In the United Kingdom, the song reached number 43 on the British pop chart.[3]

"You Are" is a romantic song, although with a more upbeat arrangement than many of Richie's slower ballads, including a horn section. Before achieving popularity for his own music, singer Richard Marx was a studio musician who can be heard singing backing vocals on "You Are" as well as other songs from Richie's debut album. Kenny Rogers and Jimmy Connors are also heard on backing vocals.


Chart (1983) Peak
UK Singles Chart 43
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Black Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ British chart positions at

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